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‘Ishtar’s Descent’
by Eleanor Winter

Oil pastel, digital

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About the artist:
Eleanor Winter is a student of illustration from London. Both of her parents worked at the British Museum when she was a child, so she was always aware of its collections. She developed a particular interest in the artefacts of Mesopotamia, and enjoys letting ancient art inform her work. She often uses muted colours and rough edges in her work to emulate aged artefacts.

About this work:
This piece was created as a small picturebook and is based on the Mesopotamian myth Ishtar’s Descent to the Underworld. The style is inspired by plaques in the British Museum, particulary the Queen of the Night plaque. The colours are similar to those used by Mesopotamian artists and craftsmen. The tapered font is slightly reminiscent of cuneiform.